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Fewer values…
Jan. 2
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All these doubles for me deny four-card support and show a flexible hand.
Jan. 2
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IMO the best version of this, and perhaps any song in the Great American Songbook canon is by Fred Astaire. I have listened to him render songs for hours w/o tiring.
Dec. 31, 2019
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no worries… i voted Q… but will still speculate!
Dec. 25, 2019
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but because this is a problem the better answer is probably 4
Dec. 25, 2019
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When Nash spoke at NYU a couple of years before his untimely death Marco Avellaneda and I went to hear him. The auditorium was packed. Unfortunately, to my mind, the talk was a highly speculative and rambling concern about the stability of floating currency finance. Unfortunate because I thought it mistaken. Still it was great to see him discourse in a well-medicated state. And the audience was very respectful and appreciative.
Dec. 21, 2019
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Totally misunderstood the title. I thought this was about the Shane/Moss/Greenberg/Levin/Blanchards and the Rimstedts.
Dec. 20, 2019
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This discussion is off the point since we are really discussing the game theory of what your optimal final bid should be given the opponents' distribution of bids. That being said, a response of 3NT=13-15, balanced, is inferior, IMHO, to the alternative bal. 16-17, because it will often lead to an impossible guess for opener with a minimum unbalanced hand. Playing the latter point range is equivalent to reversing the 1NT-3NT auction where responder has any non-slamming, game-forcing, minor-suited hand.
Dec. 17, 2019
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It is not clear the ACBL is moving in the right direction, either. I note our new president oversaw the readmission of Lanzarotti with what I consider an insufficient expression of contrition.
Dec. 1, 2019
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Wow. GREAT GUYS!!!
Dec. 1, 2019
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… upon partnership.
Nov. 29, 2019
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Was this singular honor bestowed in recognition of the WBF's failure to seriously address collusive cheating? Or the ACBL's readmitting Lanzarotti without a full admission of guilt? A golden broom should be included with the office: good for sweeping things under the rug.

Sorry for the snarkiness. In all fairness, I DO believe Ms. Heth is a bright and talented individual but as a political choice it sends, in my opinion, a bad message about the ACBL's intentions re collusive cheating.
Nov. 29, 2019
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Can either of you define LIPs; it is unfamiliar to me. Thanks.
Nov. 25, 2019
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I play “BIL”, which seems to be the general “local standard” here in NYC, hence bidding the gap with non-interest; however I recall the late Tom Smith telling me he thought the approach at matchpoints and IMPs should be different. Frankly I cannot recall his reasoning, or which should be which, but would be curious if any theorists agree- and why.
Nov. 24, 2019
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To amplify your point, during a 5-year period in the 1990's, friends and I played “Modified Beta”, an ACBL-compliant version of the second Polish forcing pass system, where all 8-12 point hands were opened and 1 = 13+. During this period we won more than a dozen regionals and I reached the third day of the LM pairs for the first time.
Nov. 17, 2019
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I recall a Cherry Hill regional where Soloway and KC were paired in a morning KO. After KC declared 3NT by failing to support Soloway's major… Soloway lost it!
Nov. 13, 2019
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Nice article, but one nitpick: on p 9 Hand 156, showing D'Alelio's play to 3NT, trick 9 is an erratum: Becker plays the 4 twice.
Oct. 20, 2019
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I don't really care if there is a particular rating system or schema but I strongly agree with Jeff being annoyed at headquarters consistently ignoring or shortchanging the the needs of clubs.
Oct. 10, 2019
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My deepest condolences.
Oct. 3, 2019
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